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ISSN (Online) 2164-1668
Published by Emory College of Arts and Sciences [1 journal]
- On the End(s) of Black Politics
Abstract: a politics whose point of departure requires harmonizing the interests of the black poor and working class with those of the black professional-managerial, class indicates the conceptual and political confusion that underwrites the very idea of a Black Freedom Movement. The prevalence of such confusion is lamentable; that it go unchecked and without criticism is unacceptable. The essays that appear in this section will critique this tendency and offer in its stead a vision of what we think ought to be.
PubDate: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:05:56 +000
- Authors: Kenneth Warren
- How Racial Disparity Does Not Help Make Sense of Patterns of Police
Adolph Reed; Jr.
Abstract: My point is not in any way to make light of the gravity of the injustice or to diminish outrage about police violence....However, noting a decline—or substantial change in either direction for that matter—in the rate of police killings does underscore the inadequacy of reified, transhistorical abstractions like “racism” or “white supremacy” for making sense of the nature and sources of police abuse of black Americans. Racism and white supremacy don’t really explain how anything happens. They’re at best shorthand characterizations of more complex, or at least discrete, actions taken by people in social contexts; at worst, and, alas, more often in our political moment, they’re invoked as alternatives to explanation
PubDate: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:37:42 +000
- Authors: Adolph Reed; Jr.
- Introduction to Against Ultraleftism
Abstract: Our little group of papers, however, is more directed toward what it still makes sense to call the ultraleft: from those who think that Sanders should never have run as a Democrat to those who, disdaining electoral politics, don’t care who runs as what, from those who think that socialism is insufficiently attentive to the particularities of a universe of paramecially fissioning identities to those who sign up for TIDAL under the impression that corporate mass culture is revolutionary popular culture.
PubDate: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:51:26 +000
- Authors: nonsite
- On Ascending A High Mountain
V. I. Lenin
Abstract: The voices from below ring with malicious joy. They do not conceal it; they chuckle gleefully and shout: “He’ll fall in a minute! Serve him right, the lunatic!”
PubDate: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:29:50 +000
- Authors: V. I. Lenin
- Class Struggle in Brazil:
William J. Mello
Abstract: The political farce perpetrated against the Brazilian people on Sunday, April 17, when the country’s national congress approved the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff is a critical moment in an ongoing class war against the left, labor and the poor. Instead of an exercise in democratic political sovereignty, as the center-right coalition would prefer the rest of the world believe, the congressional vote is a de-facto political coup.
PubDate: Mon, 16 May 2016 20:00:25 +000
- Authors: William J. Mello
- The Climate Movement Needs to Get Radical, but What Does that Mean?
Abstract: The view that capitalism is a style of thinking, progress is a myth, and political contestation is irrelevant to “true” social change belongs not just to this one book but to all the commentators who found nothing to criticize. That’s the real problem.
PubDate: Mon, 16 May 2016 19:10:24 +000
- Authors: Peter Dorman
- Density of Decision:
Abstract: This is to say that the strictly documentary character of Adams’s work, which by and large claimed viewers’ attention at the time of New Topographics, has somewhat receded in importance. And it is also to suggest that the theoretical issue of the non-representational nature of the photograph as well as of the problematic status of the photographer’s intentions owing to the photograph’s indexicality...turns out to be not quite relevant to the present case. Or rather, more precisely, it is as if the “weak intentionality” of the photograph...turns out to throw into relief the extraordinary strength and efficacy of Adams’s esthetic perfectionism...with respect to the appearance of the final print, the esthetic artifact as such.
PubDate: Tue, 03 May 2016 16:00:21 +000
- Authors: Michael Fried
- Photography and the Philosophy of Time:
Abstract: Indeed, over the course of the nineteenth-century, two temporalities became increasingly recognizable in modernizing societies. The “lived time” of premodern and natural cycles oriented to the sun, the tides, the moon became the “measured time” of the clock and the workday, of shipping times and railroads connecting major cities. Although the conventional view would have it that speed and instantaneousness decisively came to dominate with the advent of the railroad and the telegraph, a deeper analysis indicates that only a small percentage in the nineteenth century felt the rigors of measured time decisively undoing an older, natural time.
PubDate: Tue, 03 May 2016 15:00:27 +000
- Authors: Marnin Young
Abstract: In my imagined temporary community on the stage, in that ring and in those lights, we would have started with a single set of questions, a single set of definitions, and disagreed from there until we came to new sets of questions, and so that is what I will do here, sitting literally alone, around my hearth, and without tribe. The artist always fights herself, in the end. I relax, so I can strike myself harder. I establish my balance, so I can stay on my feet.
PubDate: Tue, 03 May 2016 14:00:30 +000
- Authors: Farrah Karapetian
- “I Do What Happens”:
Walter Benn Michaels
Abstract: So there is a sense in which Winogrand’s personal crisis expresses a theoretical position, just as there’s an equally important sense in which that theoretical position and the alternatives to it (what it might mean to intend something, and especially what it might mean not to or what it might mean for your reasons to be treated as causes) were becoming at the time of that crisis central to literary theory and aesthetic production. Indeed, in what is now an aesthetic and a political as much as a philosophical sense, the structure of intentional action has recently emerged as a crucial issue.
PubDate: Tue, 03 May 2016 13:00:30 +000
- Authors: Walter Benn Michaels